A beautiful, sunny, 65 degree day! We didn’t even bother with Grundens today, because we had a short Forest Day. That meant climbing was especially appealing. And we heard our regular chestnut-sided warblers during Sit Spots. Please-please-please-please-ta-MEETCHA! They are very loud!
On Ian’s leaf there were hard little bumps. They might be eggs.
This is Avery’s tree. She didn’t know what it was, so we looked it up in our tree book. It is an ash tree!
We found these orange-petaled flowers. They looked like little sunflowers.
This is Ainsley and she is the helper so she is carrying the bucket. She also is putting a buttercup near her chin to see if she likes butter.
Isla was making a fairy house in her Sit Spot.
Henry found this giant leaf in his Sit Spot!
This is a tent caterpillar. You can tell by the white stripe.
Dakota found tiny fiddleheads in his Sit Spot!
We found leaves on a tree that we thought was dead. It was our bouncy tree. The leaves were growing out of the trunk.
Charlotte saw a chipmunk and then “Whoosh!” it went into this hole where she is pointing.
Avery was asking “Why are you upside down, Ms. Atkins?”
Ainsley was climbing too.
Dakota was saying, “I feel like I could sleep here forever.”
Henry and Gregory climbing.
Willow was carrying a big stick back for firewood. It was too heavy so she had to ask Dakota for help.
A superb rainy day. Annabelle and Emma from Mrs. Mackenzie’s class (as well as their mom!) joined us today. Mr. Frank kept us warm with a fire. Some notes from Ms. Atkins:
Someone had the idea to catch the drips off the tarp with folded leaf “cups.”
Thank you Grundens and Trust for Our Future for our new raincoats that we finally put to use. And thank you Mr. Frank for our excellent fire on a cold June day.
First salamanders of the woods! We learned to hold them gently.
Everyone had to try holding them. Once, or twice, or three times.
I believe it was an eyepatch made of a fern. Who knew that rain makes leaves stick to your face? Lots of laughter today.
And in the students’ own words, today’s highlights:
Isla. The “Sonic” bunny is pretend.
Olivia started to write: “I played with…” but her labels help us figure it out.
Avery: “I got water with Dakota from the tarp.” Her picture clearly shows how the water ran off the tarp!
Henry: “I found a cricket. I held it. It did not move.” His picture shows his hand hold the stick and the cricket. Henry carried it all the way up the hill like this to show to Mr. Frank!
Gregory. The wood we found upstream looked like it was from an old snowmobile bridge. We stayed away from the rusty nails!
Ainsley: “Me and Isla were holding a salamander. And I liked holding the salamander.” That is not an easy word to stretch out!
Isaiah: “I played Sonic with Paisley.” Way to get down the beginning sounds you hear Isaiah!
Today it was hot out in the woods and a little breezy. It was very beautiful. We heard a lot of birds, including crows and chickadees. We found lots of bugs including centipedes. Today black flies were flying around our faces a little bit. But they were not biting anyone yet.
Some of the fun things we did outside today were:
- Gregory and Henry found a slingshot and shot sticks up in the air on it.
- We also shot Mr. Frank’s bandana up and two times he got it stuck in the tree!
- We made chocolate cake in the ravine.
- Ian was jumping in the water.
- Dakota kept on swinging on his tree.
- Some of us worked on a fairy house village.
- Charlotte played in the mud.
We noticed that a bunch of leaves were coming out. We kept on finding leaves over and over again.
Ian is looking at plants and leaves. They might be called three-leave clovers or they might be strawberry plants.
Henry found a slug at his Sit Spot. It was walking on the ground. Dakota said, “Do you mean slithering? Because slugs don’t have legs!”
Here is Olivia L. (from first grade) next to her tree from last year! It is a cherry tree which is the same kind as Charlotte’s this year.
Ian is putting his finger on the bud of his tree. The bud is turning green a little bit, but it is still brown. This is important because this is when the leaves and flowers come out.
This is Ainsley with a red flower on her tree. It looks like a cocoon, but cocoons like hanging down. It is not hanging down.
Avery found a green bud on her tree too!
Earlier this year, the Trust for Our Future helped us buy rain coats, a tarp, and base layers to support our outdoor learning. Mrs. Booth, from the Trust, came out on Monday to see us in action outside. We each wrote a Thank You card and here is the letter we wrote as a class. Thank you, TFOF! Our Forest Days would not be possible without this gear!
After our Forest Day today, we talked about all the learning we have been doing about pushes and pulls in science. We recently designed some play areas that have pushes and pulls (check them out hung up outside our classroom). We notice that we use pushes and pulls all the time when we move sticks, climb, and jump on ice to break it, for example. But what kinds of things could we add to our woods that would let us do more pushes and pulls?
We brainstormed (slides, treehouses with ladders, swings, rollercoasters) and then cut our list down to a few options that we could actually make.
- Rope swing
- Wooden bench swing
- Rope ladder
The grant that gave us the Grundens raincoats also gave us money for ropes for swings. We’re hoping to get those up soon!
Sit Spots: Can you spot the students?
A new climbing tree! The pricker bushes didn’t stop anyone.
Isla and Ainsley found “writing” on this stick. Ainsley said, “It looks like someone wrote on this long, long ago.”
There was “writing” on a lot of sticks. Very mysterious!
Playing on the car in Henry’s Sit Spot.
We stayed out for a long time today working on our science. We are learning about pushes and pulls and today we pulled “mystery boxes” and had to decide if they were easy or hard to pull and what might be in them. We found rocks, sticks, leaves, logs, pine cones, and mud.
We had such an exciting day last Monday and have been working all week on a book about it. This was a fun story to write for the end of our unit on true stories. It is true, but based on the title you might not think so! Enjoy.